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Four individuals charged for attempted grandparent fraud in Gatineau

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Grandparent fraud is telephone fraud characterized by people who will attempt to pose as a family member in distress, citing an urgent need for financial assistance. (Archive photo)


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The Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG) has arrested four people who were trying to steal money from citizens using the scheme known as “large-scale fraud.” -parents.”

The police explain that they were able to carry out this arrest on Monday thanks to the vigilance of an employee of x27;a banking institution and the collaboration of citizens.

Shortly before 12:15 p.m. Monday, a citizen contacted the SPVG, explaining that he believed he was the victim of fraud. Earlier, he had been contacted by telephone by a person claiming to be his granddaughter and asking him for money to get out of a difficult situation, Gatineau police said in a press release on Wednesday. .

The citizen went to his banking institution to withdraw the requested amount of money. There, the employee processing his application then expressed concerns to him that he was possibly the victim of a fraud scheme known as grandparent fraud. After verification by the citizen, it turned out that his granddaughter was doing well and that she had not contacted him to obtain money, explains the SPVG.

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The spokesperson for the Police Department of the City of Gatineau, Andrée East (Archive photo)

For SPVG spokesperson Andrée East, fraudsters are attracted by the lure of profit and see this method as a way to make money easily and quickly.

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They are manipulators, they play on urgency, they play on feelings so we will really seek out the tender side of our victim. We will make him feel guilty for not helping us.

A quote from Andrée East, spokesperson for the SPVG

The SPVG arrested one of the suspects when the latter was going to go to the citizen's house to recover the money. This person tried to flee.

His accomplices, who were in a vehicle near the complainant's residence, also fled at the sight of the police, but they were eventually found in the Val-Tétreau district, in the Hull sector. , after abandoning their vehicle.

The four men – two from Ottawa, one from Gatineau and one from Montreal, aged 19 to 25 – were transported to the police station to be met by investigators.

Two of them, a 19-year-old from Ottawa and a 23-year-old from Gatineau, were released, but will face additional charges to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) by summons.

The two other individuals were released on conditions: one of them, aged 25 from Montreal, faces charges of fraud and obstructing the work of police officers. The other, a 24-year-old from Ottawa, faces charges of fraud, obstructing police officers and dangerous driving.

SPVG police officers and investigators point out that the best way to protect yourself against this type of fraud remains to discuss it with the more vulnerable members of your entourage, since they are more at risk of #x27;be victims of it.

What is grandparent fraud?

According to the definition of the Sûreté du Québec, this is telephone fraud characterized by people who will try to pass themselves off as a member of your family in distress, citing an urgent need for 'financial assistance.

The police remind that no one is safe from fraud, but that due to the assets they may have accumulated over the years and, in some cases, their vulnerability, Elderly people can be prime targets for criminals.

To avoid falling into the trap of fraudsters, it is recommended to ask neutral and fairly precise or personal questions to the interlocutor, in order to validate their identity. If the person says they are a family member, it is better to try to contact this person yourself using the usual telephone numbers, adds the police.

The SPVG specifies that no amount of money or any personal or banking information should be provided.

Gatineau police invite anyone who believes they have been the victim of such a scheme should call 819-246-0222.

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